Baltimore police rescue doctor kidnapped at Hopkins Hospital

February 08, 1992|By Roger Twigg

A Johns Hopkins Hospital physician spent about three hours locked in the trunk of a car after his abduction from the hospital's parking lot, city police reported.

Dr. Daniel Ford, an internist, was not hurt during the incident which ended about 4 p.m. yesterday at Mondawmin Mall on Reisterstown Road, said Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman.

Mr. Hill said the incident began about 1 p.m., when Dr. Ford was accosted by a lone, unarmed man who yelled, "Come here, college boy" as the doctor entered the third-floor level of the hospital parking garage in the 700 block of North Washington Street.

The man grabbed Dr. Ford, and a woman saw the man shoving Dr. Ford into the trunk of a green four-door Honda.

She fled from the garage to a nearby Roy Rogers restaurant with the assailant in pursuit, the spokesman said.

The woman hid in a long line that had formed in the restaurant and saw the man talking to two teen-agers. The assailant and the teen-agers went to the car and drove off with the doctor in the trunk, Mr. Hill said.

Once the car got under way, Dr. Ford heard his abductors discussing whether they should take his automatic teller machine card.

They did not rob the doctor, but they abandoned the car in the mall's parking lot, Mr. Hill said.

Police had a description of the vehicle and it was discovered in the mall's parking lot about 4 p.m.

The officers could hear the doctor banging on the trunk when they approached the car.

"We don't know what it was about," Mr. Hill said, adding: "We don't believe they knew he was a doctor."

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